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Jim Funnell

Jim is a New York-based pianist/keyboardist and composer. He leads his own cross-cultural literature-inspirited jazz trio, Jim Funnell’s Word Out, with which he has notably released two albums, won the Composition Prize at the “Trophées du Sunside” in Paris, played and taught workshops in Europe, Japan, and the United States. Rhythm sections for the trio have included drummers Thibault Perriard, John Betsch, Jeff Boudreaux, Ryo Noritake, Dan Pugach, and bassists Oliver Degabriele, Mátyás Szandai, Takashi Sugawa.

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”Jim is a powerhouse! His playing is really strong and his comps are really advanced.”
- Eddie Parker, jazz flautist and composer

”Fresh compositions and very unique playing.”
- Jeff Boudreaux, drummer

”Jim is a brilliant young talent who deserves all of the recognition that has and will continue to come his way!”
- Steve Rochinski, jazz guitarist and educator

”[ Jim Funnell’s ] music is the singular result of a thorough reflection on rhythms, sounds, and colors.”
- Guillaume Lagrée, Le jars jase jazz

”These young musicians (Word Out) are simply fresh, alive, curious, open-minded, joyful, and listening to their music does heaps of good.”
- Guillaume Lagrée, Le jars jase jazz

”Led by Anglo-French charismatic pianist and inspired composer Jim Funnell, Word Out offers sophisticated yet accessible worlds.”
- Basem Shalabi, L'Echo Républicain

”La subtilité mélodique du pianiste Jim Funnell [...] laisse présager d'un avenir des plus lumineux.”
- Version en ligne de Jazz Magazine

”Jim Funnell’s electric keyboard solo builds masterfully from a motive first introduced by Fuze into a kaleidoscope of shifting block chordal progressions.”
- Thomas R

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Primary Instrument




Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced


2007 - present
• freelance private instruction (piano, improvisation, music theory/composition, guitar)
2008 - 2009
• jazz piano and ensemble teacher, Conservatoire Municipal de Musique et de Danse (Mennecy, France)
2007 - 2008
• piano teacher (jazz and classical), Institut de Culture Musicale (Paris, France)

Clinic/Workshop Information

• jazz piano masterclass, Koyo Conservatory (Kobe, Japan)
• jazz masterclass (rhythm section), Euro Institute for Music and Arts (Hamrun, Malta)
• improvisation workshop, Conservatoire Municipal de Musique et de Danse (Mennecy, France)
• "Stylistic Interpretation" and "Musical Improvisation" workshops, Unidad Académica de Música de la UAZ (Zacatecas, México) & Escuela de Música aRtes Revueltas (Cholula, México)
• jazz piano masterclass, Foxborough High School (Foxborough, MA, USA)
• "Basic Musical Improvisation" workshop, Unidad Académica de Música de la UAZ (Zacatecas, México)
• latin music workshop, Booker T

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